The mobility vehicle has been parked on the road outside homes on Osborne Road, close to Blackpool’s South Shore. Infuriated neighbours have called in Blackpool council to force the owner to move his mobility scooter off the street. One resident said: “Whenever they have visitors he puts it out on the street, which he shouldn’t really do. You can see him wheeling it out there to save the space before going off in his electric wheelchair. We have enough traffic problems as it is.”
Coun Derek Robertson said: “It cannot be right because it is not road taxed and does not have a number plate.”
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s been happening on and off since January.“Whenever they have visitors he puts it out on the street, which he shouldn’t really do. Most mornings it’s out there. I get up at around 7am and you can see him wheeling it out there to save the space before going off in his electric wheelchair. Last week they were getting more and more people outside the house and he kept coming out and moving it until it was right outside someone else’s house.”
Coun Derek Robertson said he had received complaints from a number of residents about the mobility scooter. He explained: “The residents have complained to me so I have asked the parking services if they would look into it. You expect to find a car park space outside your house and this is taking up a parking space. It cannot be right because it is not road taxed and does not have a number plate. It’s an obstruction.
Government rules state that all normal parking restrictions apply to mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs. Mobility scooters come in two categories, ‘Class 2 invalid carriages’ and ‘Class 3 invalid carriages’. Class 2 mobility scooters can’t be used on the road (except where there isn’t a pavement), but Class 3 mobility scooters can.